COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 ICM Emergency Relief Fund

Our ICM African National leaders and their staff need our help!

Never in our living history have we experienced anything like the Coronavirus Pandemic, not since the Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed 675,000 people in the US and an estimated 50 Million world-wide. While we in the US navigate through an unprecedented series of lockdowns, shutdowns, and safety measures, we now face the additional threat of economic strain and even collapse. It is encouraging to see the government take measures to protect and care for citizens but also to see the church, the followers of Christ respond. Titus 3:14 says, “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.”

As much as we feel the effects here at home, it is multiplied in Africa where our national leaders and their teams serve so many pastors and other leaders. The number of COVID-19 cases in the 24+ countries where we serve are far fewer than those in the US, but the measures taken to protect against its spread are having a devastating effect on their wellbeing.

  • Our seminary campuses have had to shut down and most of the staff have no income. In some cases, they are the only source of income for an extended family. Their situation has become extreme.
  • Our country leaders in Nigeria, Ghana, and a handful of other West African countries, have had to close down much of their ministry operations. They have provided much needed leadership training and discipleship through conferences and seminars because of government imposed lockdowns.
  • These handful of African nations provide encouragement and needed training for a staggering 200,000+ pastors, government leaders and even Muslim leaders that are exposed to Christ for the first time. The shutdown of these meetings and our seminaries have resulted in a huge loss of funds and the ability to feed their families.

You might think that the internet and social media is an option, but power cuts, poverty and insufficient bandwidth have made it impossible. The pastors as well as ICM leaders are reaching a severe state and need our help! So ICM USA is launching the COVID-19 ICM Emergency Relief Fund.

This is a key time to help our brothers and sisters who serve as leaders and pastors in their time of great need. They are of great faith and joy in the face of great difficulty. They are praying for us in the west, but they are also looking to us to come along side of them. Galatians 6:10 encourages us, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” The preventative measures are becoming worse than the disease. The president of the World Bank, David Malpass said this week the “global coronavirus recession will hurt the poorer countries the most.” And it has already.

Would you consider giving to the relief fund now. Any amount helps -$10, $100, $1000 or more.

We will distribute wisely in the places it is most needed. Your contribution will feed families and sustain ministries.

5 Steps You Can Take Now

1. Pray for our leaders to make wise decisions regarding the virus and the economy. Pray for pastors and ICM leaders in Africa, that they would be strengthened. They are loving, sacrificial, mature, and hurting. Ask the Lord what role he wants to play

2. Fast one day a week. Focusing on the Lord as you can throughout the day. Remember to give no room for fear. “We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls, Hebrews 10:39

3. Practice protective measures that are recommended by health officials. Keep yourselves healthy.

4. Join in helping through your church or with a group of others to help the vulnerable and sick in your community. I Thess. 5:14 says “…encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”

5. Give to those in need who are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Your Fellow Servant,

Dave Champness
President ICM USA